Game Preview: Raptors @ Bulls


What to watch tonight as the Raptors conclude a back-to-back set on the road in Chicago against the shorthanded Bulls (8 PM ET, TSN, TSN 1050).

Better Living Through Ball Movement: Can the Raptors continue to get much better ball movement post-Rudy Gay trade? In their last three games, they’ve posted assist totals of 19, 23 and matched a season high with 24 last night against Philadelphia.

Kyle Lowry, the subject of some pretty intense trade speculation of late, has led the way. He’s paced the Raptors in assists for 13 consecutive ...

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Game Preview: Raptors vs. Spurs


A Raptors team in flux moves heads into a tough matchup against a model of consistency in the San Antonio Spurs tonight (7 PM ET, Sportsnet ONE/Sportsnet Ontario, FAN590). What to watch heading into this one.

Can The Raptors Compete Shorthanded Again? Because it looks like they’ll have to without new additions Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson in the lineup against the Spurs, according to Masai Ujiri after his latest deal on Monday.

But there’s more. Tyler Hansbrough could remain out with a sprained left shoulder, while guard ...

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Rebounding Proves Costly In Raptors’ Loss To Suns


There was no oasis in the desert for the Raptors on Friday and rebounding was a huge reason why.

After morning shootaround on Friday, both Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and Suns coach Jeff Hornacek believed their matchup was going to be won or lost on the glass — with Toronto’s ability to grab offensive rebounds and convert second-chance opportunities going up directly against the Suns’ league-leading scoring numbers on the fast break.

It was the home team that got the message and delivered emphatically in a 106-97 win on Sunday night ...

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Game Preview: Raptors at Suns



Key questions heading into the second game of a three-game trip for the Raptors against the Suns at US Airways Center (9 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590).

Can The Raptors Bounce Back? It’s the big question coming off what head coach Dwane Casey called the “debacle in Golden State” after Thursday’s practice in Phoenix. That’s an extremely economical way to describe the Raptors surrendering a 27-point lead in an eventual 112-103 loss to the Warriors in Oakland — the biggest comeback allowed in franchise history and the team’s fourth straight loss overall.

With consecutive ...

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Raptors Aim To Regroup Out West

After an unsuccessful homestand, it’s going to be a gut-check kind of week for the Raptors on the West Coast.

The Raptors did themselves no favours by going 1-3 during their season-long run of four straight home games. Their latest defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets on Sunday dropped them to 6-10 on the campaign and signs of frustration are starting to show during the team’s current three-game losing streak.

Improbably, the Raptors still lead the Atlantic Division. But that’s going to be tested against a trio of Pacific Division teams ...

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Raptors Can’t Outshoot Blazers in OT At ACC


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TORONTO (AP) — A steady hand and cool demeanour helped Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points each as Portland shot its way to a 118-110 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Nicolas Batum added a season-high 24, and the Blazers overcame a late push by Toronto to pick up their sixth straight victory.

“We didn’t have a reason to be all riled up,” Lillard said. “They played well getting back into the game. ...

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Game Preview: Raptors @ Rockets

The Raptors are back on the road for a pair of games against Western Conference contenders, beginning with Dwight Howard, James Harden and the Houston Rockets (8 PM ET, Sportsnet, Sportsnet 590 The FAN).

What to watch in the season series opener between these two teams tonight.

Right Time For Rockets? The Raptors come into this one riding a six-game slide in Houston, but they’re catching the Rockets scuffling a little bit with three losses in their last four after they opened the campaign with three straight wins.

Who’s Healthier In Houston? Both teams are ...

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Raptors Hit All The Right Notes In Needed Win


Big win. Bigger confidence boost.

That’s the takeaway from a 115-91 Raptors blowout victory over the visiting Jazz on Saturday at ACC.

Head coach Dwane Casey called both teams desperate for a win pregame, which was telling. This season is only a couple of weeks old, but the Raptors have struggled with consistency over a stretch of four losses in five games and it’s tough to envision a scenario where a loss against the winless Jazz would have been viewed as defensible.

Instead, the Raptors delivered a no-doubter that saw them keep ...

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Raptors End Slide With Blowout Win Over Jazz At ACC


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TORONTO (AP) — Long on youthful promise but short on established talent, the Utah Jazz figured they’d take some beatings this season.

They just didn’t know how much it would hurt.

Tyler Hansbrough scored a season-high 23 points, DeMar DeRozan added 18 and the Toronto Raptors snapped a seven-game home losing streak against Utah, routing the winless Jazz 115-91 Saturday night.

“This is not fun,” frustrated Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. “I don’t think we showed up with the intensity that we needed ...

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Game Preview: Raptors vs. Jazz


Is it too early to call tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz at Air Canada Centre a “must win” for the Raptors?

The home side needs a foothold before a tough week ahead and the winless Jazz (0-6) obviously presents an opportunity tonight to end a three-game slide (7 PM ET, TSN2, TSN 1050).

But the Jazz will be starving for a first win and undoubtedly view this as a potential slump buster. History is also on their side, as they’ve won 14 of the last 15 meetings overall and will try for ...

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